Researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute show off a unique material – one which can have mechanisms built into it through the use of cellular grids. These allow for motion as they collapse and expand, eliminating the need for traditional mechanisms like hinges or gears.
Until now, waterjet cutting has been reserved for large industrial shops, but the Wazer aims to bring the tech to every workshop. It uses a high pressure stream of water and abrasive particles to slice cleanly through even the hardest materials, with precision and smoothness.
While laser engraving is typically done on wood or acrylic, this video shows a laser system which is used to add patterns or a pre-washed look to blue jeans. The completed fashions aren’t our style, but the tech is really cool. Plus, the music just makes it so much more dramatic.
Also known as the Barrier Transfer Machine, this amazing heavy duty machine is used to move a length of over 13,000 feet of concrete and steel median barriers – each weighing 1500lb – to gradually change the flow of traffic on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Artist Felix Vorreiter’s unusual timepiece uses a single, long piece of string that feed through a series of pulleys. The rope is marked with dots which align to display the current time. The current clock only has 120 minutes of string, as it would take about 4000ft to cover a full day.
Well, here’s one of the stranger contraptions we’ve ever laid eyes on. This special machine can pick up an entire cow, and gently lay it on its side so farmhands can safely trim its hooves. And yes, it’s totally normal to use a disc grinder, so don’t freak out.
Peter Browne and his buddy Mervyn Huggett spent around 1,000 hours making a Rube Goldberg machine that delivers food and fun. The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine can make a slice of toast, a soft-boiled egg and a cup of tea or coffee all at once.